Rolling Back Time: Roller Skating at Fairview Park

Rolling Back Time: February 2-4 & 9-11

Get Ready to Roll! Imagine gliding under the twinkling lights, surrounded by the laughter of friends and the aroma of freshly made donuts. Our roller-skating event at Fairview Park Pavilion 1 promises to create memories that will last a lifetime. Whether you have fond memories of ice skating at Pavilion 1 or have always wanted to experience the magic, this event is for you.

Don’t miss out on the chance to relive cherished memories and create new ones with friends and family.

Event Details:
Dates: February 2-4 & 9-11
Location: Fairview Park Pavilion 1
Price: $6 Admission for 1 hour / $3 Roller Skate Rental
Roller skate rentals available for those without their own skates
Option to bring your own roller skates

New Senior Center Announced!

The Decatur Park District has been awarded $2.8 million from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) PARC Grant Program. This grant from the IDNR will provide a newly constructed facility specifically designed for seniors.  This will increase recreational opportunities, program offerings, and expand access for the social services that our Seniors so desperately need in the Decatur community.

The new Senior Center will feature a range of activities to serve an array of interests, expectations, and needs for our community’s maturing population. As of November 2023, the Macon County Senior Center and the Decatur Park District Senior Center combined to offer all services in one location and they have quickly outgrown their current facility.  This new space will not only offer daily exercise programs and activities like art classes, lectures, music enrichment, cards, games, and meal service but also critical services such as counseling for senior health insurance programs, agency referrals, and other important services.   The goal is to provide a one-stop shop for seniors in Decatur and Macon County.

“It’s exciting to see Decatur get support from the state, giving residents the recreational opportunities, they deserve,” said State Senator Doris Turner of Springfield. “Decatur is making tremendous progress on providing recreation for the community, especially for our seniors. These revitalization efforts will have lasting effects on the community.”

“I am pleased to see this renovation come to fruition to give our seniors a new community center, where they can stay active, socialize and learn new hobbies,” said State Rep. Sue Scherer of Decatur. “Instead of struggling to make it to different locations, all of the services will be in one central location which is what our seniors deserve.”

Along with the announcement of the $2.8 million dollar grant, the Decatur Park District is excited to announce that once this new facility is constructed, we can further expand our “one stop shop” for seniors, by partnering with CHELP, the Community Home Environment Learning Project to provide additional social services to our seniors.  CHELP provides Home Care Services (both state subsidized and private pay), Adult Protective Services, Senior Access to Care/Information and Referral Services as well as they facilitate the Dementia Friendly Decatur initiative.

Freezing Rates at the DISC!

Freeze Your Rates at the DISC for a Year of Fitness!

Welcome 2024 with a strong commitment to fitness! The Decatur Indoor Sports Center (DISC) is excited to offer a special opportunity for those looking to start or continue their fitness journey: freeze your rates back to 2015 for a full year!

At the DISC, you’ll have access to state-of-the-art facilities, professional trainers, and a wide variety of fitness programs to help you achieve your goals. Plus, by taking advantage of this offer, you’ll be locking in rates for the entire year, making it easier to plan and stay on track.

The offer is valid until January 15, so act fast to secure your frozen rates and start your fitness journey today! Visit us in person or contact Melissa at 217-429-3472 for more information or to take advantage of this limited-time offer.

At the DISC, we believe that committing to fitness is a long-term investment in your health and well-being. We’re excited to help you achieve your goals and support you on your journey.

Trees on the Tees – Saturday Weather Update

We spy some unfortunate weather this Saturday at Trees on the Tees.

Since there is a possibility of rain in the forecast this Saturday, December 16, we are opening up Today, Thursday December 14, Friday December 15, and Sunday December 17 for guests that purchased tickets for Saturday.

At this point – we are NOT canceling Trees on the Tees for this Saturday, December 17.

Saturday guests, please choose one day, and come at the same time stated on your ticket.

If you have a Cart Ticket for 5:00 on Saturday, and want to come Sunday, please come after 6:00 due to walkers beginning at 5:00.

There is no need for new tickets to be distributed – please just bring your original tickets and arrive at your originally scheduled time.

We appreciate your support of this event and realize this may be an inconvenience, however we want each and every guest to have as enjoyable an experience as possible.

If you have a VIP cart for Saturday, and want to reschedule your time. Please call 217-422-5911.

100th Anniversary Breakfast

We are thrilled to invite you to “sneak peek” the Decatur Park District’s 100th anniversary celebration! As an integral part of our community’s history, the park district has been a source of joy, recreation, and camaraderie for a century. In honor of this momentous milestone, we have planned a year-long celebration filled with exciting events and activities that you won’t want to miss.
Kicking off our year of festivities is the Community Breakfast, set to take place on January 18, 2024, at the Decatur Indoor Sports Center.
Start your day breakfast provided by Bistro 537 as you connect with fellow community members and revel in the shared history that binds us together.
Purchase your $10 ticket or reserve at table of 10 for $100 at / Direct Link 👉
Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to celebrate a century of community, recreation, and cherished memories. Join us in honoring the Decatur Park District’s 100th anniversary and be a part of the continued legacy that will shape future generations!

Devon Gift Cards Now Available!

Great news! Devon Gift Cards are now available for purchase, just in time for the holiday season! If you have a concert-loving friend or family member on your list, this is the perfect gift for them.

Please note that these gift cards can only be used for Devon Amphitheater tickets and cannot be purchased online. To buy a Devon Gift Card, simply call 217-422-5911. Our friendly staff will assist you in getting these gift cards for your loved ones.
Don’t miss out on this opportunity to give the gift of live music and unforgettable experiences at the Devon Amphitheater.!

New Mountain Lion Exhibit Coming to Scovill Zoo!

New Mountain Lion Exhibit Coming to Scovill Zoo!

On Wednesday, November 15th, the Decatur Park District Board of Commissioners approved an agreement to construct a new Mountain Lion Exhibit and Camel Holding Building at Scovill Zoo.   This new two-thousand square foot outdoor exhibit will include rock outcroppings, ponds, caves, a glass viewing area for patrons, and an interactive area where zookeepers can feed and train the mountain lions.

“We are excited to continue the growth of Scovill Zoo with the addition of a Mountain Lion Exhibit” stated Scovill Zoo Director, Ken Frye. “Zoo staff are humbled by this gift and look forward to sharing this new exhibit with Decatur and Central Illinois.”

Going by several names such as: puma, cougar, and panther, the mountain lion can grow up to seven feet long and weigh 150 pounds.  These cats can leap 18 feet up into trees and are good sprinters in short distances.

Also included in the project is a new animal holding building that will house the mountain lions when not on exhibit and a new indoor holding space for the existing camels, Jack and Fin, at Scovill Zoo.

Funding for this project came from private donations and construction is expected to be completed by August, 2024.

Here Come the Mummies at the DISC!

Purchase Tickets HERE!

As part of the Decatur Park District’s 100th anniversary celebration in 2024, The Decatur Indoor Sports Center is proud to announce Here Come the Mummies coming to the DISC on March 2, 2024.

“We are so excited to have Here Come the Mummies perform at the DISC”, stated Decatur Indoor Sports Center Manager, Jamie Davis. “This concert will be a unique experience as it marks the first time the DISC will be transformed into a concert venue.”

Be sure to mark your calendar for this special concert and get ready to enjoy a fantastic performance by Here Come the Mummies at the DISC!

Ticket pricing:
Standing Pit: $39
Seated General Admission: $30
(Plus applicable fees)

Tickets will be available for purchase online at on November 8, at 10 a.m.

About Here Come the Mummies

Here Come the Mummies is an eight-piece funk-rock band of 5000 year-old Egyptian Mummies with a one-track mind. Their “Terrifying Funk from Beyond the Grave” is sure to get you into them (and possibly vice versa).

Since their discovery, HCTM has been direct support for P-Funk, Al Green, Mavis Staples, KC and the Sunshine Band, and Cheap Trick; rocked Super Bowl Village; become a regular on The Bob and Tom Show; appeared on That’s My Jam with Jimmy Fallon; played massive festivals like Summer Fest, Summer Camp, Common Ground, Musikfest, and Suwannee Hulaween; and sold tickets by the thousands across large swaths of North America. Maybe that’s why the ladies (and some dudes) can’t stop losing their minds over these mayhem-inducing mavens of mirth.

Some say they were cursed after deflowering a great Pharaoh’s daughter. Others claim they are reincarnated Grammy-Winning studio musicians. Regardless, HCTM’s mysterious personas, cunning song-craft, and unrelenting live show will bend your brain, and melt your face. Get ready! Here Come The Mummies.

HCTM is:
Mummy Cass – guitar, vocals
Eddie Mummy- drums, vocals
K.W. TuT- bass, vocals
Spaz- keys, vocals
The Pole!- bass
Midnight Mummy- bari & tenor sax, keys, percussion, talk box, vocals
Dr. Yo- saxes, vocal, tambo
Highlander- tenor sax
“H-POD” (High Priest of Death)- trumpet

Trees on the Tees 2023

Tickets on sale November 1 at 10 a.m.
Encounter an outdoor experience sure to get you embracing the holiday spirit!
Aboard a golf cart after dark, drive through an enchanting path of beautifully decorated trees. Afterward, pull up a hay bale to roast s’mores by the fire pit and sip on hot cocoa. Want to walk the course instead? The first 30 minutes on December 7, 9, 13 & 17 will be reserved for foot traffic only!
December 6-10 & 13-17 / Hickory Point Golf Course
Walkers: Dec. 7, 9, 13 & 17 / 5:00 & 5:15 p.m. / $6 per person
Riders: 6 – 8:50 p.m. / $9 per person
Our golf carts can hold 2 adults and 1 – 2 small children
Reservations Required at – beginning November 1 at 10 a.m.
Limited number of tickets sold for each 10 minute time slot.

Senior Center Merge

The Decatur Park District and the Decatur Macon County Senior Center plan to combine facilities and services at the Scovill Activity Center beginning November 1st, 2023.

Effective November 1st, all programs, activities, and services offered by both the Decatur Park District and the Decatur Macon County Senior Center for seniors will now be located under one roof at the Scovill Activity Center located at 3909 W Main St in Decatur.  This consolidation will reduce operational costs and allow more funding to go directly to the programs and services provided to seniors in Decatur.

Once fully relocated on November 1st, the programs and services currently offered at the Decatur Macon County Senior Center will now be offered at the Scovill Activity Center.  This includes all senior activities, senior assistance appointments, health screenings, daily congregate meals, and special events.  The full-time staff of the Decatur Macon County Senior Center will also transition to the Park District.

“We are excited to welcome the staff and clients of the Decatur Macon County Senior Center to the Park District as we continue to work towards a one-stop shop for seniors in Decatur.” stated Clay Gerhard, Executive Director for the Decatur Park District.  “The Decatur Macon County Senior Center has provided critical services and programs for seniors in this community with the support of the East Central Illinois Area Agency on Aging and the City of Decatur since 1975.  We look forward to expanding opportunities for seniors at the Scovill Activity Center and carrying on the great work of the Decatur Macon County Senior Center.   They have provided outstanding services to the seniors in our community for the last four decades.”